At seven oclock Lt Gasperini and I started for the top of the Mt. The worst hiking I have ever done. Several times I was just all in. The old pump just would not work. Finally I sent Gasperini on. Told him to leave me and take care of himself. Ten minutes short of Jorgensens I gave up. Layed on the trail an hour when Capt Jacobs and two men came down to meet me. Was somewhat rested and went on to Jorgensens, just seven and a half minutes away. Was just all in. realized that I was no longer a young man. Upon arriving there I found that I was nearly the first one of the 43rd there. The others were the Amer QMC det and WPPS boys. Maj Fellows, Lt Simpson, Lt Jensen went on right away with fourteen Americans. I told all American officers and enlisted men to go on ahead an I would stay with the PS det. The next morning Major Allen, Capt Jacobs and most of the Amer EM went on. Had Christmas dinner with Jorgensens that night. Also Miss Bradley, Miss Chambers, Capt Praeger and Lt Jones. We slept on the ground that night as we did the night before.
It still raigns as usual and our dog tents give us as little Shelter as ever There is a “Grabe Vein” Rumor that Dewy is going to bombard Manila to morrow and we are getting our Ration in readines it still raigned as I try to goe to Sleep I hear no firing at all my Messmate Thomes Jone is sicj all Night but never the lest he will try and have Breakfast on the nesct Morning on time we exspect to goe on Outpost in the Morning Christopher Shanaberger Riffle and W E Collins are on the Sick List
It is still raining as usual and our dog tents give us little shelter. As always there is a “grapevine” rumor that Dewey is going to bombard Manila tomorrow and we are getting our rations ready. It is still raining as I try to go to sleep. I hear no firing at all. My messmate, Thomas Jones, is sick all night but never the less he will try and have breakfast in the morning. On time we expect to go on outpost in the morning. [Frank] Christopher, [Frank] Shanaberger, [Arthur] Riffle and [Walter] E. Collins are on the sick list.
It has raigned steady all noght but it cleared of few hours in the Morning but not long enough to get our Clothes dry wich are all ringing wet to day the first routine of duty was published at the Captain tent as follows:
First call 455 a.m. DressParade 615 pm
Roll ” 500 ” Tatoo 900 ”
Sick ” 515 ” Tabs 1000
Breakfast 530 in the Evening
Drill 615 to 730 between the hours
Guard Mt. 800 of 615 and 900 we
Drill 8 40 to 1000 have the privilege
Dinner 1130 to goe in swimming
Supper 500pm the above is our regular duty day Rain as usual with all hunting shelter (so much for the dog tents I only slept 2 hours all night sitting in one Corner of my dog tent in Company with my Messmate Thomas Jones ” Rush Landis & Herrington are on the sick List
It has rained steadily all night but it cleared off for a few hours in the morning but not long enough to get our clothes dry which are all wringing wet. Today the first routine of duty was published at the captain’s tent as follows:
First Call 4:55 a.m.
Roll Call 5:00 a.m.
Sick Call 5:15 a.m.
Breakfast 5:30 a.m.
Drill 6:15 to 7:30 a.m.
Guard Mount 8:00 a.m.
Drill 8:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Dinner 11:30 a.m.
Supper 5:00 p.m.
Dress Parade 6:15 p.m.
Tattoo 9:00 p.m.
Taps 10:00 p.m.
in the Evening between the hours of 6:15 and 9:00 have the privilege to go swimming
The above is our regular duty day. Rain as usual with all [of us] hunting shelter (so much for the dog tents) I only slept two hours all night sitting in one corner of my dog tent in the company of my messmate Thomas Jones. [Ray] Rush, [Jacob] Landis and [Charles] Herrington are on the sick list.